It was a dark and stormy afternoon in much of Georgia yesterday, but I had a good time anyway participating in the first Teacup Exchange at Newnan's beloved Holly Cottage Tearoom! Ironically enough, I had made a solo reservation for myself but soon found out my friend Teresa had signed up for the same time. Then, I found out my friend and co-worker Deberah wanted to go, and by the time I got an e-mail from Maureen asking if I had plans to attend, I realized we had a great foursome in the works. All of us are bloggers (that's actually how I first met Maureen and Teresa), so from left we have Teresa of Southern Touch Catering, me, Maureen of Tea and Talk, and Deberah of Everyday Finesse.
The Teacup Exchange was a fun idea in and of itself, but I especially liked that half the proceeds would be going to a local ministry I support, Coweta Pregnancy Services. CPS not only helps women in crisis pregnancies, which is great, but it also provides lots of support to women *after* the baby is born, meeting needs of every kind. I think that is an important part of these ministries, so I was thrilled to hear my favorite tearoom was having a benefit for a favorite ministry! For $9.95, we got a pot of tea of our choice, the tearoom's famous Yorkshire Loaf (already eaten by photo time, sorry), a scone with lemon curd, preserves and clotted cream, and a fresh fruit cup.
So what teacups did we all end up with? Well, Teresa got an oversized Christmas cup and saucer from Spode.
Maureen got a Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles cup and saucer.
Deberah got a set with pink roses and ivy.
And I am always happy when I receive a cup and saucer with pink flowers -- especially if it's a design I've never had before, and this one was. So the rain and storms may have swirled outside, but I can certainly report that hearts were happy inside!